Data Literacy Boot Camp

Friday, March 8, 2019
Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Michigan State University, Main Library, Green Room (4th Floor, West)

During this day-long event, attendees heard from their library colleagues around the state who are incorporating various aspects of data literacy into their teaching, research, and professional practice.

This event was sponsored by the Instruction and Information Literacy Interest Group

8:30 - 9:00 am Registration (coffee and pastries included)
8:50 - 9:00 am Welcome and Housekeeping
9:00 - 10:20 am Keynote Address
Justin Joque, University of Michigan
10:30 - 11:30 am Ethics in Data Literacy
Joanna Thielen, Oakland University
11:35 am - 1:00 pm Lunch    
Drop in during lunch break Interactive data-themed tour and exhibit (Digital Scholarship Lab, 2 West)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Data Literacy in the era of "Fake News"
Shevon Desai, University of Michigan
2:10 - 2:40 pm 5 Minute Lightning Talks
Ag Data Commons - Suzy Teghtmeyer, Michigan State University
Utilizing Data to Promote an Institutional Repository - Saxony Betts, Kettering University
StoryMapJS - Terence O'Neill, Michigan State University
2:50 - 3:50 pm Finding Your Niche: Exploring the Data Ecosystem as an Instruction Librarian
Kelly Grossman, Eastern Michigan University
3:50 - 4:00 pm Wrap Up

Registration was:
$20 for MiALA members (includes lunch)
$40 for non-members (includes lunch)

Local information: 

Library address and maps:
Parking: We recommend parking in lot 62W (near Spartan Stadium) or Ramp #6, lower level (off Grand River Ave.). These are both “pay by plate” lots, which are FREE due to spring break. Please see this map for more information:

Session descriptions

Data & Literacy in the Academic Library - Justin Joque is a scholar of philosophy, technology and media and the visualization librarian at the University of Michigan. He completed his PhD at the European Graduate School. He is currently working on an IMLS grant specifically to do professional development with academic librarians around data literacy.

Ethics in Data Literacy - In this session, we will discuss how ethics touches every aspect of data literacy instruction, from citing datasets to conducting human subjects research. You'll learn practical takeaways that you can apply to your data literacy instruction as well as your own assessment and research activities.

Finding Your Niche: Exploring the Data Ecosystem as an Instruction Librarian - (handout)This session will help librarians explore the data needs of their users, which can be complex and vary greatly between levels, disciplines, and research topics. We will discuss the data life cycle, data literacy education, and guide attendees through an activity connecting their own skills to the needs of their users. Participants will explore activities at various levels, including the presenter's Flint Water Datathon event, and learn how to adapt examples for use in their own classes and communities.

Data Literacy in the era of "Fake News" - Frustrated by misleading infographics that go viral, or popular statistics that don't represent the whole story? In the current environment of misinformation and disinformation, data literacy is more important than ever. Learn practical strategies to help your students navigate the flood of data and statistics that permeate the news, giving them the tools to become critical and informed news consumers.

The Data Literacy Boot Camp planning committee:
Saxony Betts
Molly Ledermann
Emilia Marcyk
Terence O'Neill
Dianna Sachs